Summer may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun’s over. Autumn’s shaping up to be pretty spectacular, so read on for Hobart’s top March events!
Date: 4 – 5 March
Location: Wrest Point Convention Centre, Sandy Bay
Tasmania’s premier anime/general pop culture convention, AICon, is unsheathing its katana and teleporting into Sandy Bay once more for 2017. Expect all the usual good stuff, including gaming tournaments, heaps of vendors, anime screenings, a fashion show, a special auction, art competitions, and enough costumes to fill a Hollywood prop department. There are even some awesome events planned, including the ‘Cosplay Mystery Date’ and the ‘Fight for Your Fandom’ Japanese-style gameshow contest. The con is an awesome place to hang out, meet like-minded people and generally have a good laugh – so get dressed up, head down, and let your geek flag fly.
Date: 9 March – 1 April
Location: Castray Esplanade, Battery Point
Whether it’s music, comedy, cabaret or theatre that gets your juices flowing, there’s plenty for you to savour at this year’s Spiegeltent. The headline act is the world-famous disco-cabaret mashup ‘Velvet’ – but that’s the just the start! A host of other fabulous acts are spread across the three-week fiesta, such as comedians Wil Anderson and Tom Ballard, mind-blowing science magician Kevin Quantum, gin-based cabaret ‘Mother’s Ruin’, and musical double-act Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp. It’s going to be magnificent.
Date: 11 March
Location: Wrest Point Showroom, Sandy Bay
Arj Barker is widely known as one of the best comedians on the circuit, and not without good reason. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this adopted national treasure performing live, then you certainly won’t want to miss his appearance at the Wrest Point Showroom this month. Arj is blessed with that winning blend of humour and insightfulness that all the greats share, and he puts it to great use with his wonderful observations about Australian culture. If you’re up for a laugh, you’ll love this.
Date: 26 march
Location: Benjafield Park, Moonah
The delectable Moonah festival swoops down upon Benjafield Park on the 26th of March, armed with a feast gathered up from all around the world. This is multicultural cuisine at its finest, with tasty treats from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Italy, Serra Leone, India, Liberia, Bhutan, China, France, and plenty of other places besides. It’s pure foodie heaven, and there’s also a colourful array of international music and dance to enjoy while you gorge yourself on all the wonderful grub. It’s well worth a visit – just remember to bring your stretchy pants. You’re going to need them!
Image credit: Spiegeltent